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Shorebirds are important plant vectors via endozoochory

Figure 1. A flock of black-tailed godwit in one of our study sites in England, shortly after returning from breeding grounds in Iceland. Photo by A. J. Green​.

By Andy J. Green and Ádám Lovas-Kiss

 

The potential importance of...

Defaunation and fragmentation erode small mammal diversity dimensions in tropical forests

Figure 1: Best-fitting structural equation model (full direct + indirect model). Positive and negative pathways are indicated by black and gray lines, respectively. Arrow thickness is scaled to illustrate the relative strength of effects and significant coefficients are...

Determinants of reef fish assemblages in tropical Oceanic islands

Oceanic islands. A. St Paul and St Peter, Brazil, photo: Lucas Nunes, B. Isla del Coco, Costa Rica, photo: Juan J. Alvarado, C. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil, photo: Sergio R. Floeter, D. Isla del Coco, Costa Rica, João P. Krajewski, E. St Paul and St Peter, Brazil, photo:...

A parsimonious view of the parsimony principle in ecology and evolution

The curve-fitting problem. The choice of the most plausible hypothesis is based on an arbitrary balance between goodness-of-fit and simplicity criteria. The red curve is the simplest, indicating a linear relationship between the two variables, but also the worst-fit. The...

The seascape ecology of tropical islands: can we characterize and predict reef community patterns across scales?

Figure 1. The towed-diver survey method. Graphics credit: NOAA Ecosystem Sciences Division (ESD).

By Gareth J. Williams, Eoghan A. Aston, Andrew J. Davies, Jamison M. Gove

Landscape ecological theory, applied to the marine realm, can...

recurse: an R package to analyze spatiotemporal patterns in revisitations from animal movement data

by Chloe Bracis

Animal movements are linked to both quotidian activities as well as larger questions of survival and reproduction. For example, one might think of an animal moving to locate food, or, on the other side of the coin, moving to avoid...

Space & Time matter: spatial ecology in non-euclidean spaces

By Luis Gimenez Noya

Patterns of distribution of organisms have been traditionally interpreted as resulting from the balance of reproduction and mortality. However, populations of many organisms occupy fragmented landscapes; for instance, animals...

Tropical moths in the mountains are larger

By Gunnar Brehm

New study in biodiversity hotspot studied correlation between size of tropical moths and their elevational distribution

Researchers from three universities have measured more than 19 000 tropical moths from 1100 species...

Exciting new partnership between Frontiers for Young Minds and Ecography

A new collaboration between Ecography and Frontiers for Young Minds will be bringing the latest ecological research for dissemination with the Frontiers for Young Minds audience.  

 

By the Frontiers for Young Minds team

We are...

Using simplified settings to advance ecological theory: a lesson from the subterranean world

by Stefano Mammola

E4 award

A wise man named Socrates once stated a famous aphorism: "I know that I know nothing". Some thousands years later, in the era of internet, satellites and artificial intelligence,...

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